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Rapid Recap: Bucks 121, Celtics 119

Milwaukee survives Boston’s comeback attempt

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NBA: Boston Celtics at Milwaukee Bucks Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

In a nailbiter of a finish, the Milwaukee Bucks would escape the Boston Celtics and earn a 121-119 victory. Box Score

The Bucks would continue to leverage the play of Brook Lopez early on, who quickly tallied nine points in the first quarter. That’d help propel them to a 35-30 lead after one.

That hot 3-point shooting would continue in the third quarter, as well as strong play from Khris Middleton (go figure, right? Khris having a game against the Celtics). He’d tally 15 points in the first half, paving the way for a 70-59 halftime advantage for Milwaukee (Giannis only had four points up until this point).

After the Bucks continued to pour it on in the third quarter, the Celtics would make a run with a 13-3 run. However, they weren’t able to ever slice it to single digits. Going into the fourth quarter, the Bucks maintained a 100-86 advantage.

Boston would stay in this one throughout the fourth, forcing their way right back into the thick of things. It’d get to the point where Boston was down two with one second left and a chance to win. Daniel Theis was left wide open in the corner, but his 3-point attempt rimmed out and the Bucks escaped with a 121-119 win.

Stat That Stood Out

For the majority of the game, Giannis Antetokounmpo was held to single digit points. However, the Bucks never had any trouble putting a dent into the Celtics. Plenty of players throughout the lineup would make their presences felt with very sound contributions that helped Milwaukee own significant leads. Khris Middleton would continue his dominance vs. Boston, finishing with 27 points. Donte DiVincenzo would mix in 17 points and Bobby Portis put in 21 off the bench.

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